United Airlines SAN to SFO
Hyatt Regency SFO
United Airlines Global First Lounge
ANA First Square SFO to NRT
Park Hyatt Tokyo Park View Room
Kamakura and the Great Buddha
Thai Airways First Class on the A380
Best Western Premier Amaranth Suvarnabhumi Airport
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Thai Airways Business Class BKK to CGK
As I had an overnight stay in Bangkok with an early flight out the next morning, I chose to stay close to the airport. However the hotel connected to Suvarnabhumi (a Novotel) was pretty expensive so I reserved a night at the Best Western Premier Amaranth instead and got a reasonable rate of US$77. This was nearly half of what it costs at the Novotel for the night I wanted to stay. Getting information for the shuttle service to the hotel was easy enough once I exit from the baggage claim area in Sunvarnabhumi Airport. There was an attendant with the hotel’s tag around the arrivals hall and he told me to return again about 15 minutes later as the last shuttle just left.
From the airport, the shuttle service took about another 15-20 minutes and this meant the travel time can be around 30-45 minutes from the airport. The hotel itself seems to be situated in a mainly industrial area with little to offer beyond the free shuttle to the airport. There was only 2 other people in the shuttle service and we were able to check-in seamlessly once we arrived. Though I felt less than welcome during the check-in process and the rate that I booked did not include breakfast. The agents just handed me the keys and made no mention of where to go or which floor the room is located at. It just seemed she did not even want to be working at all.
Once I got to my room, I was greeted by porcelain tiles around the front entrance into the bathroom, while the section of the bedroom is carpeted. While the room was clean, the furnishings felt of low quality even though the decor looks alright. The bed was also a bit on the soft side and was not very comfortable. There was a small couch at the end with a side table where a fruit plate was provided for my one night stay. Nice of them to provide a welcome amenity when I am not even a premium member. There is also a long console by the wall where the TV is located with the section of the console in the corner acting as a work desk. I used the wifi when I arrived at the room and found it to be quite slow and weak in terms of the signal. Probably only for light web surfing, social networking and checking e-mails.
The bathroom is probably the best part of the room with a walk-in shower and a separate enclosure for the toilet. There are louvres in the bathroom that could be operated for privacy when showering as a floor-to-ceiling window overlooks the bedroom. Water pressure and temperature for the shower was great and I was able to refresh myself after the flight before retiring for the night. Amenities in the bathroom was the hotel’s brand and not worth mentioning since I did not use them.
Before I turned in for the night, I had also booked the shuttle to the hotel early in the morning. After getting up and packing my luggage, I head for check-out about 3 minutes late such that the reception had to give me a call in the room. Fortunately the shuttle was still waiting for me, but I felt a bit guilty since it was a packed shuttle early in the morning and I had to sit in the remaining empty seat beside the driver upfront. The check-out was as unpleasant as the check-in and I guess that sums up the whole of my stay. Next time I look for an airport hotel in Bangkok, I would choose somewhere else to stay since the Best Western Premier Amaranth was a bit far from the airport itself, and if I had a late night arrival and early morning departure the transfer will cut into my resting time.